Dirty Sweet Tilapia

Monica H


This is my take on the mystery ingredients for the Ninja challenge this week, using Cola, Black Beans and Tilapia! I've never tried to make "dirty rice" before, and I was so excited to do so; it came out great!

Soaking and cooking the beans in the cola resulted in a taste like maple beans.. it was really good.

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10 Min
2 Hr 10 Min


4 oz
black beans
1 can(s)
small yellow onion
2 Tbsp
brown sugar
1 c
2 1/2 tsp
salt, divided
1/2 tsp
3 Tbsp
lemon juice, divided
3 Tbsp
chopped chives
tilapia fillet
1 Tbsp
olive oil

How to Make Dirty Sweet Tilapia


  • 1Wash beans. Soak black beans in enough Pepsi to cover the tops of the beans. Cover and let soak for 2 hours. Check halfway; beans will have soaked up the cola so add more to keep them covered in liquid.
  • 2Transfer beans along with pepsi they are soaking in, into a pot. Add water to cover beans. Bring to a boil. Then lower heat, add the onion and brown sugar, cover and simmer until beans are tender (about 2 hours). You will need to occasionally add water to keep beans covered.
  • 3In the last 20-25 minutes of beans cooking, prepare rice.
  • 4In the last 10 minutes of beans cooking, add 1 tsp salt.
  • 5Add beans to rice. Using a potato masher, mash partially, leaving most of the mixture un-mashed. Add 1 tsp salt. Mix together.
  • 6Cut tilapia into smaller pieces. Season with 1/2 tsp. salt, pepper and 2 Tbs. lemon juice. Lightly sautee in pan with olive oil until lightly browned.
  • 7Serve tilapia over rice and top it with chives. Squeeze more lemon juice over the whole dish.

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About Dirty Sweet Tilapia

Course/Dish: Fish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtags: #rice, #tilapia, #dirty